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PopGun: Wampire, Cymbals, Spires, Dune Rats, Casual Sex @ Glasslands Gallery: October 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014 11:35am | CMJ


Independent booking and promotions company PopGun machine gunned out a bunch of fine new indie rock, led by the subtle, shape-shifting sounds of Cymbals and the always evolving glam-pop of Wampire. Spires, and their buzzy, well-besuited neo-garage rock, and Casual Sex and Dune Rats did not disappoint. However, yesterday’s news that Glasslands will close after New Year’s Eve was majorly disappointing.

Photos by Chris Pierce McCleary.

The post PopGun: Wampire, Cymbals, Spires, Dune Rats, Casual Sex @ Glasslands Gallery: October 21, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.



Mixtape Of The Week: Dej Loaf Sell Sole
Oct 22, 2014 11:26am | StereoGum

When a rap song bubbles up out of nowhere and takes over the world, people try to figure out how it happened, and you can usually retrofit some kind of narrative. ILoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday” didn’t go supernova until Drake jumped on it. People might’ve given “No Flex Zone” a chance because Rae Sremmurd were proteges of the super-producer Mike Will Made-It. Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Nigga” had the insta-viral dance. Those are all good songs, but the simple goodness of a song rarely seems to be enough to cross over. With Dej Loaf’s “Try Me,” though, the only hook is the hook itself: A murmured murder threat, a burst of dead-eyed gun-talk delivered in a half-asleep singsong over a pretty, twinkling beat with enough low end that it still sounds like the apocalypse coming out of trunk speakers. Dej Loaf, from Detroit, was absolutely unfamous before “Try Me” came along, and her producer DDS was a relative unknown, too. But “Try Me” has an instinctive force of its own. It’s ugly and pretty in equal measures, a softly melodic take on Chicago’s soul-burnt drill music. It sounds like nothing else, and it sounds like it’s always existed. Over the past few weeks, tons of rappers have cranked out their versions of “Try Me,” but all of them are only proving that they can’t bring the sui generis force that Dej Loaf brought to the original.

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8 songs Canada should send to the charts with Taylor Swifts Song 3
Oct 22, 2014 11:24am | Chart Attack

Yesterday, a new Taylor Swift song called "Track 3" hit the Canadian version of iTunes. Canadians, the hardcore Swifties that we are, immediately shot it to #1, just ahead of two more 1989 singles, "Welcome To New York" and "Shake It Off." The National Post was quick to write off the song, which consists of 8 seconds of static, as "a glitch," but north of the border we obviously prefer the new, avant-garde Taylor Swift to the other new character in her story: New York.

So in honour of Taylor Swift's daring new single, here are the next 8 songs Canada should send to the top of the charts:

Tool, "Useful Idiot"

Boards Of Canada, "Magic Window"

Sigur Ros, "18 sekúndur fyrir sólarupprás"

The Bloodhound Gang, "The Ten Coolest Things About New Jersey"

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, "Two Minutes Silence"

Soundgarden, "One Minute of Silence"

The Melvins, "Pure Digital Silence"

John Cage, "4'33"

8 songs Canada should send to the charts with Taylor Swift’s “Song 3″ by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.


Career-spanning Cream box set due out in November
Oct 22, 2014 11:21am | Cosequence Of Sound

On November 24th, Universal Music Enterprises is set to release a box set featuring Creams entire original discography: four studio and two live albums.

According to a press release, each LP within the Cream: 1966-1972 set is pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. The collection comes housed within a rigid slipcase box and includes exact reproductions of each LP’s original artwork.

Formed in 1966, the legendary British rock supergroup was comprised of guitarist/singer Eric Clapton, bassist/singer Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker. Throughout their career, the trio dabbled in blues rock and psychedelic rock and delivered classics such as “Sunshine Of Your Love”, “White Room”, and “Crossroads”. In 1993, Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2006, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pre-orders for the box set are ongoing.

Below, check out a picture of the box set and the full tracklist, followed by a few of Cream’s classic songs.

Cream: 1966-1972 Tracklist:

LP1: Fresh Cream (1966) Tracklist:
A1 N.S.U.
A2 Sleepy Time Time
A3 Dreaming
A4 Sweet Wine
A5 Spoonful
B1 Cats Squirrel
B2 Four Until Late
B3 Rollin And Tumblin
B4 Im So Glad
B5 Toad

LP2: Disraeli Gears (1967) Tracklist:
A1 St...


Five acts not to miss at Simple Things, Bristol
Oct 22, 2014 11:14am | Fact Magazine

If you’re in Bristol, then this weekend is all about Simple Things.

With some of music’s most exciting acts spread across stages presented by RBMA, Hyperdub and, naturally, your friends at FACT, it’s already looking great – and that’s without mentioning the launch party. Find out more about Simple Things here, and check out five acts you’d be a fool to miss over the next five pages.

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Tashaki Miyaki The Beautiful Ones (Prince Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 22, 2014 11:13am | StereoGum

L.A. dreampop-psych duo Tashaki Miyaki are going on tour with the Allah-Lahs this fall. They’re recording a collection of covers to herald the occasion, aptly called The Covers EP. Among the songs they tackled with producer Joel Jerome was Prince’s Purple Rain epic “The Beautiful Ones.” They’ve done good work with it, turning a visceral slow jam into the sound of steam on a mirror. Listen below.

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Sofar Sounds: Moses Sumney, Madison LST, The Peach Kings, Dinner @ 268 Bowery: October 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014 11:11am | CMJ


If you had RSVP’d for Sofar Sounds‘ secret CMJ living room shows at the start of this month, you might’ve found yourself in a small space at 268 Bowery last night. If you had, you would’ve heard acoustic sets from Dinner, the Peach Kings, Madison LST and L.A. crooner Moses Sumney.

Photos by Max C. Joseph and Jimmy Shirley.

The post Sofar Sounds: Moses Sumney, Madison LST, The Peach Kings, Dinner @ 268 Bowery: October 21, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.


Cuneiform Records celebrating 30 years tonight in Brooklyn w/ Curtis Hasselbring, Microscopic Septet & Ideal Bread
Oct 22, 2014 11:04am | Brooklyn Vegan
Founded in 1984 and based in Washington DC [Silver Spring, MD], Cuneiform Records is one of the longest-running and largest independent record labels in North America, dedicated to releasing high-quality recordings by some of the world's best and most adventurous musicians, and distributing and promoting these releases worldwide. The label focuses on cutting-edge music regardless of genre: the progressive frontier of myriad musics, from avant jazz to noise/electronica, classical minimalism to experimental rock, and especially music that transcends, redefines, and goes "beyond" traditional genres.
Cuneiform Records is 30 this year and will be celebrating in NYC tonight (10/22) at Shapeshifter Lab in Gowanus (18 Whitwell Pl) with three of its artists: The Microscopic Septet, Curtis Hasselbring's newest project Number Stations, and Ideal Bread. Tickets are on sale and you can stream tracks from all the artists playing tonight below.

Other Cuneiform-related shows coming up include The Cellar and Point at the closing Glasslands on 11/19, and the Anthony Pirog Trio at IBeam on 12/12. More dates in many cities around the world at Cuneiform's site.

Streams below...

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Devo to release long-lost live album recorded in 1977 at biker bar turned total dive
Oct 22, 2014 10:43am | Fact Magazine

The punk surrealists, before they were famous.

In 1977, Devo played what they describe as “an intimate show to an eager handful at biker bar turned total dive The Eagle Street Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio” a year before Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and several before ‘Whip It’ would make them cult heroes.

Thankfully the show was recorded, and it will now be released for the first time as Miracle Witness Hour. Featuring early versions of ‘Jocko Homo’ and ‘Mongoloid’ alonside “rarer experimental gems,” the album showcases the band at an embryonic, pre-Eno stage.

Miracle Witness Hour will be released on CD and vinyl in three different colors and is packed with rare images and liner notes by Devo’s Gerald Casale. The album is due out on November 17 to pre-order and hear a live version of ‘Uncontrollable Urge’, head to their website.


Gold Lake, The Cairos, Kimono, Oracles, Shiloh, The Ocean Party @ Lit Lounge: October 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014 10:40am | CMJ

Last night, a jaw-dropping array of pop and rock artists from around the globe took the stage for an intimate gig at Lit Lounge in Manhattan’s East Villages. The show, which took place as part of the first night of CMJ Music Marathon 2014, saw impressive sets from the Ocean Party, Chicago’s Shiloh, Berlin’s Oracles, Kimono, Australia’s the Cairos, and Brooklyn hometown heroes Gold Lake.

The post Gold Lake, The Cairos, Kimono, Oracles, Shiloh, The Ocean Party @ Lit Lounge: October 21, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.


Poet Kate Tempest ousts FKA twigs as favourite to win Mercury Prize
Oct 22, 2014 10:37am | Fact Magazine

Bookies demote Twigs’ LP1.

Kate Tempest is the new favourite to win the Mercury Music Prize for her album Everybody Down. Previously pegged in second place, the rapper-slash-poet has had her odds cut to 5/2 by William Hill, overtaking FKA Twigs as the favourite to take home the prize money next week.

“There has been a recent rush of money for Kate Tempest, however it is still FKA Twigs that will see the biggest payout,” said Bill Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

The winner will be announced at London’s Roundhouse on October 29. Check out all the odds below. [via NME]

Kate Tempest ‘Everybody Down’ (5/2)
FKA Twigs ‘LP1′ (11/4)
Royal Blood ‘Royal Blood’ (9/2)
East India Youth ‘Total Strife Forever’ (9/1)
Jungle ‘Jungle’ (9/1)
Nick Mulvey ‘First Mind’ (10/1)
Damon Albarn ‘Everyday Robots’ (12/1)
Bombay Bicycle Club ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ (14/1)
Young Fathers ‘Dead’ (14/1)
Anna Calvi ‘One Breath’ (16/1)
Polar Bear ‘In Each And Every One’ (20/1)
GoGo Penguin ‘v2.0′ (25/1)


SXSW announces first round of 2015 showcasing artists
Oct 22, 2014 10:32am | Brooklyn Vegan

Happyness @ Baby's All Right 10/21/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

While we're in the midst of CMJ here in NYC, Austin's SXSW Festival just announced its first round of 2015 showcasing artists, including Carl Barat of the Libertines, reunited post-punks The Pop Group, Jessie Ware, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Happyness (who are here for CMJ), Residual Kid and more. The music portion of SXSW 2015 happens March 17 - 22.

Full round 1 announced acts listed below.

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Sia covers Youre Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile for Annie remake listen
Oct 22, 2014 10:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

On December 19th, a new adaptation of Annie that updates its original Depression-era setting to present day New York City will hit theaters. With the film’s modern setting comes a modern soundtrack featuring three songs by Sia, including a collaboration with Beck. As a preview of the release, Sia’s first contribution to the film has been unveiled: a modern reimagining of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile”, a classic number from the 1977 musical.

Sia has almost entirely reworked the song, giving it a glossy and 21st century sheen. Along with booming pop production also comes new lyrics. While I’m not too familiar with the original source material, I’m fairly certain the girls at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage didn’t kick off the song with, “America, let’s turn it up!” That said, Sia’s a pleasant take on a classic musical and might just introduce a new generation to Broadway. Listen in below (via Stereogum).

The film was directed by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends With Benefits) and executive produced by Jay Z and Will Smith. It stars Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie and features Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, along with Jamie Foxx as 2014’s answer to Daddy Warbucks, Will Stacks. The film’s official soundtrack is out on November 17th via Roc Nation Records / Madison Gate Records.

Annie Original Soundtrack Tracklist


CMJ day 1 pics: Peter Matthew Bauer, Lydia Ainsworth, Doprah, The #1s, Happyness, J. Fernandez & more
Oct 22, 2014 10:26am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Peter Matthew Bauer @ Baby's / Lydia Ainsworth @ Union Pool, CMJ 10/21/2014

CMJ got underway here in NYC on Tuesday (10/21) and our intrepid photographer Amanda Hatfield was out all day covering the action. She started at Tell All Your Friends' day party at Baby's All Right with sets from local psych-pop band Spires, hotly-tipped UK at MONEY, another UK band Happyness (one of our 20 out-of-town bands to see) and former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer.

Doprah @ The Studio at Webster Hall 10/21/2014

Next was was a trip into the city for the annual New Zealand Showcase (now at The Studio @ Webster Hall): Chelsea Jade spent much of her set singing amongst the crowd; Doprah have drawn comparisons to Portishead and The xx which aren't entirely unwarranted.

The #1s @ Union Pool 10/21/2014

Finally it was off to Union Pool for YVNYL's showcase with Irish powerpop band The #1s, Montreal rockers HEAT, the crystalline guitar pop of Chicago's J. Fernandez, and Toronto-based classically trained singer-songwriter Lydia Ainsworth. The latter's set included a string section, though it got off to a late start due to technical difficulties.

Pictures from all bands mentioned h...


A Pregnant Light Fresh Flower Offering (Purple Night) (Stereogum Premiere)
Oct 22, 2014 10:23am | StereoGum

It’s been pretty amazing to witness the evolution of A Pregnant Light. The one-man project from Grand Rapids, MI, began its life in 2011 as a post-black metal act in America’s vast, loosely connected cassette-trading underground. Back then, the band’s auteur was a shadowy figure who wouldn’t reveal his identity — he went by the handle Deathless Maranatha, and he ran the DIY label Colloquial Sound Recordings, a collective whose equally anonymous associated members included bands like Aksumite, Bound Bible, and This Station Of Life. The man called Deathless Maranatha played in all those bands, too: In Aksumite, he was credited as Dukula Menelek; in Bound Bible, he went by D; in This Station Of Life, he was credited as Master. At some point over the last couple years, he decided to reveal himself further, identifying himself as Damian Master and establishing a consistently hilarious Twitter presence where he shares selfies, incisive critiques of pop culture, and random thoughts that are both self-aggrandizing and self-aware — for example: “Ask yourself, who has the best and most consistent melodies? And sickest riffs? Anyone that’s not me, sit your ass down.” He’s not wrong! APL have been a hook factory since Day 1, and as Master’s public persona has evolved, so too has his music. Master has always referred to A Pregnant Light as purveyors of “purple metal”: That’s his coinage, and Stereogum/B...

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